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WIZARDS' YELLOW BRICK ROAD IS CROWDED, BUT EASY TO GET TO
Published December 4, 1997
The day after the MCI Center officially opened, officials met "to see what needed adjusting," according to Montgomery & Heath of the WASHINGTON POST. Traffic inside the building was at the "top of the list," after "choke points" developed at various spots in the arena, and some fans reached "places they weren't supposed to, such as the carpeted club level. As for outside traffic, "[h]eavy use" of Metro made "getting to and from the arena easy." The 10,200 people who reportedly took the Metro was a "near bull's-eye" on city Metro and Washington Sports Chair Abe Pollin's target figure (WASHINGTON POST, 12/4). Pollin appeared on NBC's "Today" with Willard Scott, with Scott giving Pollin a kiss on the cheek for his birthday, which was yesterday. Scott, on the MCI Center: "It is not just beautiful, it's a tourist attraction" (NBC, 12/4).